Prisoners Education Trust

Education for women in prison

Education in prison is proven to reduce re-offending, build confidence and self-esteem, and reconnect families. PET will provide women in prison with distance learning courses, advice and guidance in subjects and levels which would otherwise not be available to enable them to progress and grow.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1084718)

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Women in prison have complex needs; 53% report having experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child. There are no women’s prisons in Wales and only 12 in England. As such, women are often incarcerated miles from their homes (the average distance is 60 miles but many are held considerably further away). They often lose their homes, and relationships with family and children can be put under huge strain.


PET will provide women with access to a range of over 150 courses not available in prison, such as GCSEs, A-levels, and Open University courses, as well as courses in subjects as diverse as Farming Management and Personal Fitness Training. This enables prisoners to work towards employment or development goals for their future or study courses to help overcome personal barriers to rehabilitation (for example Drugs and Alcohol Abuse Counselling or Anger Management courses).